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Monday, June 26, 2017

Rush Race Results


June 25, 2017
(By Mike Leone)

(Franklin, PA)...The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance made its first visit of the season to Tri-City Raceway Park on Sunday for the rescheduled "Bill Emig Memorial" for both the RUSH Late Model Touring Series and the RUSH Sportsman Modified Bicknell Racing Products Touring Series. Capturing wins were Jeremy Wonderling in the Late Models and Kyle Martell in the Sportsman Modifieds. The event was originally scheduled for Father's Day, but was postponed a week due to thunderstorms. Sunday's weather was fall-like with cool conditions and scattered showers, but the show was completed without any delay.

Jeremy Wonderling opened the Sweeney Late Model Touring Series with a thrilling victory at Stateline Speedway on May 20 by out-dueling standout Max Blair. On Sunday, Wonderling was the benefactor of a flat tire by Mike Pegher, Jr., who dominated the first half of the event, and went on for his second $2,000 Tour win of the season. The 30-lap victory was Wonderling's first ever at Tri-City and first ever "Bill Emig Memorial" win.

"It was good to win, but Mike Pegher has us covered on that one," stated the 37-year-old Wellsville, NY driver. "I see he had a flat tire and still finished second so I'm pretty sure he was the fastest one here, but I'll take them however I can get them. I knew if I moved John (Waters) up a little into the loose stuff he'd spin his tires, but I can't be too mean to him because I race him all the time and we're good friends. I had a softer tire than everyone so I was just trying to stay on the bottom. When Mike got by me I was just trying to maintain then I saw him pull off and thought 'I need to make the best of this while he's gone'. I didn't know Bill (Emig), but obviously he was a pretty good part of the sport with Vicki. Winning a prestigious event like this is pretty special."

Pegher was able to shoot past Wonderling racing off turn two on the opening lap for the lead. By lap three, Pegher began to pull away from the field, but his lead was erased when Christian Schneider spun to bring out the caution. When racing resumed on lap four, Jason Knowles moved into the top five past Bruce Hordusky, Jr. and brought J.J. Mazur with him in sixth. Hordusky would soon exit the event with a flat tire and was awarded the TBM Brakes "Tough Brake of the Night" recipient. Mazur then passed Knowles for the fifth spot on lap five.

Pegher soon pulled away again from the pack and opened up a straightaway lead by lap 10. Pegher caught lapped traffic on lap 13 and made a great move splitting W.L. Stile and Schneider by going three-wide down the frontstretch on lap 14. Knowles slowed to bring out the caution running sixth with 14 laps scored. Under caution, Pegher exited the event with a flat tire handing the lead to Wonderling with Bryce Davis, John Waters, and Mazur moving into the top four spots.

Back under green, Wonderling took off in the lead, while Davis got by Waters for second. It didn't take Pegher long to fly back through the field as he already was up to fourth on lap 16 when he got by Mazur. Pegher got the caution he needed when Tony White spun with 23 laps recorded.

The final seven laps went caution-free. Pegher got under Davis to take third on the restart and caught Waters on lap 26. The two were side-by-side in turn four on lap 27, and made contact with Pegher getting by for second. By now Wonderling had too much of a lead and would hold off Pegher to win by 1.864 seconds in his Terry Prince Contracting/Close Racing Supply/Mesler Trucking-sponsored #3J.

Pegher earned $1,000 for his runner-up finish in Brian Swank's #RJ1, and was awarded the Maxima Racing Oil "Maximum Performance award for his efforts all night long. "Those guys gave me a really good car tonight," expressed Pegher. "It's disappointing that we gave it away with a flat tire, but those guys work just as hard as anyone else. It was still good to come up and finish second in the end. Vicki (Emig) has done so much work over the years. I have to give her a round of applause and everything she does for this sport. It means a lot to us racers. We do appreciate it. Obviously I didn't get a chance to meet her dad, but I'm sure he was a pretty good dude."

Waters beat out Davis for third. Mazur, who is in his first year on the Tour, recorded his best finish in fifth. Jamie Wrightsman's sixth place was his best effort since a fifth at Expo Speedway on July 15, 2015. Michael Duritsky, Jr., who has five Sweeney Weekly Series wins this season at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, made his first Sweeney Tour start of the season and finished seventh after starting 12th. He received a $100 Precise Racing Products gift card for being the "Pedal Down" Hard Charger.


Anonymous said...

yee haa stockcar racing-another addiction-thousands and thousands of dollars to go around and around-100thousand dollar haulers and cars, but live in a trailer

Anonymous said...

AND THAT AFFECTS YOU HOW?? Are you jealous because YOU aren't smart enough? Or mechanically inclined enough? Don't have patience enough? Lack the driving skills? To field a car? So just go sit your know all, holier than thou a** back in your faux leather recliner and watch Dancing With The Stars and read your Facebook page. Read your big hunting books about how to shoot a deer from 500 yards you big he man, you!! Cap off the night by sipping your Coors Light out of a fancy Tupperware glass while helping your stepkids with their video games. Keep the stools at the gin mill warm cuz your step kids will be joining you as soon as they are able, I'm sure!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks trump, for allowing the uneducated lower class folks who voted for you to have computers. Then they get all jealous of people who actually have a hobby and they try to put them down. Now those same people are going to lose their health insurance while he pays less tax.

Anonymous said...

Hey 8:51 - your ignorance is showing. Trump has been in office less than 6 months. These "uneducated lower class folks" had their computers (and free Obama smart phones) long before anyone, including the Russians, even thought Trump would be nominated, let alone elected.
BTW - these folks won't lose their insurance, they will continue to have the best coverage paid for by the taxpayers.
I for one am glad they have computers and smart phones. Better chance that they will find jobs or get their lives together somehow.